Ori­gin of hunt­ing cries

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HUNT­ING

What is meant by the hunt­ing cry “Tally ho!”?

In fox hunt­ing, “Tally ho!” is a cry made when the fox is seen or “viewed”. It is be­lieved to have de­rived from the Nor­man-french cry of “Ty a hillaut!” which was used in an­cient times by the hunts­man when he was cer­tain that the cor­rect stag had gone away. An­other pos­si­ble deriva­tion, again from the French, is that the cry is a con­trac­tion of “Il est hault!” (he is off).

Other branches of ven­ery had their own cries de­not­ing that the quarry had been viewed or had gone away. Ot­ter hunters of old used the cry “Heu gaze!” when the ot­ter was seen or “gazed”. Hare hunters used the cry “See ho!” when the hare was viewed away. This phrase is be­lieved to have given its name to the Lon­don dis­trict of Soho, which, be­lieve it or not, was in for­mer times, an area of fields and iso­lated farm­steads that was given over to hare hunt­ing. GD

The hunt­ing cry “Tally ho!” is be­lieved to have de­rived from the Nor­man-french cry of “Ty a hillaut!”

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